This past weekend I attended our local Grove's Imbolc Ritual. This ritual was back on the land owned by my family, which was a nice change from the indoor ritual at Winter Solstice. The ritual was written in ADF Core Order.
This was the first ritual I attended where the Grove Leader wasn't involved with the writing of the ritual. We honored the Norse pantheon and the two grove members that wrote the ritual did a nice job. I recited the Hallowing of the Fire and offered aromatic oils.
We had a new member in attendance and he had such a great and loving personality. That really helped me feel better afterwards, as I felt very distracted and "not ready" during the ritual itself. There had been a miscommunication about picking my daughter up from a sleep-over and I had to run and get her during the time that I would have normally been preparing the ritual fire and getting mentally prepared myself. I also found myself disappointed that the ritual text hadn't been provided until ten minutes prior to the ritual - at which time parts were also distributed. I typically like to know what part I have for the ritual in advance, so that I can really focus on the intent and commit to memory my recitation.
Through this experience I learned that I should consider offering to write more ritual parts, since it is something I enjoy. Plus, it helps me feel more prepared and focused during ritual and makes for a much better ritual experience.